Rich first got involved with the outdoors in his early 20’s, after a trainee year at a centre in Cornwall, followed with completing a BSc (Hons) degree in Sport & Exercise Science and Outdoor Activities at the University of Leeds. He then moved back to his native North Wales and worked for over 6 years as an Outdoor Activity Development Officer, all the while spending any spare moment climbing, hillwalking, kayaking and canoeing, gaining numerous National Governing Body awards on the way. He holds the summer and winter mountain leader awards, single pitch award, the Advanced Sea Kayak Leader award and the moderate water coaching awards in sea and white water kayaking. More recently Rich has been heavily involved in providing British Canoeing awards in personal proficiency in a range of disciplines, as well as leadership awards and the new suite of instructor and coach awards.
Rich now works full time for his own company, Môn Active. They provide activities, coach education and first aid training, including courses aimed directly at specific sectors, such as the popular ‘First Aid for Sea Kayakers’ course, as well as generic first aid for workplaces. Rich is a Rescue and Emergency Care first aid training provider, he holds Rescue 3 Swiftwater Rescue qualifications and is a tutor / assessor for a raft of British Canoeing qualifications in SUP, Sea Kayak, Canoe, White Water Kayak as well as some of the racing disciplines.